Shell plans to tap more Queens­land gas

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Amani Vassiliou Amani.Vassiliou@chin­chillanews.com.au

AS part of its QGC ven­ture in the Western Downs re­gion, SHELL has an­nounced plans to drill 250 gas wells dur­ing 2019 and 2020 as part of their QGC ven­ture in the Western Downs re­gion.

The wells will con­nect to QGC gas pro­cess­ing plants near Wan­doan, Miles, Chin­chilla and Tara.

Called Project Goog-a-binge, the ven­ture is ex­pected to bring about 930 peta­joules of gas to the mar­ket over the next three decades.

Shell Aus­tralia chair­man Zoe Yu­jnovich said Project Goog-a-binge would fur­ther boost Queens­land’s re­gional econ­omy and demon­strated Shell’s com­mit­ment to bring more gas to the mar­ket.

“Project Goog-a-binge will de­liver more and cleaner en­ergy for both our Aus­tralian and LNG ex­port cus­tomers for decades,” Ms Yu­jnovich said.

“The project is ex­pected to cre­ate or sus­tain up to 350 jobs, the ma­jor­ity of which will be in re­gional Queens­land and gen­er­ate busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal sup­pli­ers – a sub­stan­tial and on­go­ing boost for the lo­cal econ­omy.”

Mines Min­is­ter An­thony Lyn­ham wel­comed the an­nounce­ment of the ven­ture.

“This lat­est ex­pan­sion plan will help en­sure sus­tained gas sup­ply to do­mes­tic cus­tomers as well as roy­al­ties to fund front-line ser­vices across the state,” Dr Lyn­ham said.

“Most im­por­tantly, it will pump mil­lions of dol­lars into lo­cal house­hold bud­gets, lo­cal stores and lo­cal busi­nesses for the next 30 years.

Dr Lyn­ham en­cour­aged lo­cal busi­nesses to regis­ter on­line with EconomX, where the project and its con­trac­tors would seek ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for work pack­ages.

QGC will start pre-con­struc­tion and site prepa­ra­tion ac­tiv­i­ties at some sites next month, with wells to start be­ing drilled in Jan­uary, sub­ject to govern­ment ap­provals.

Project Goog-a-binge draws its name from the tra­di­tional Iman word for scrub tur­key, with plans for the drilling to take place on Iman tra­di­tional ter­ri­tory.

❝ The project is ... a on­go­ing boost for the lo­cal econ­omy — Zoe Yu­jnovich

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